The summary below was provided by the Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
Lack of educational outreach establishments are a major contributing factor to under education for students and people living at risk of malaria and HIV within communities. Communities have no place for students to study outside of school or for at-risk community members to learn about malaria and HIV education. Among the villages in this area there is not one single community library available to help support students striving to successfully pass their exams. There is not one single free-choice learning center for study purposes, not only directed towards deserving students but those living at-risk within the community. Those wanting to learn more about malaria or HIV/AIDS continue living at-risk, without resources available and a continued negative stigma association.
A local malaria and HIV support and community outreach NGO has begun to address this crucial issue. They started the process of constructing a community learning center, with the support of a determined community donating all the labor and any other local resources they can with limited funding. In addition, the surrounding three villages have also offered their volunteer assistance for the communal benefit of an accessible learning center. A supporting third-party donor, a university in Canada, has also been in collaboration with with the NGO. They have helped donate funding and resources. Until recently, funding has stopped due to lack of availability. With a budget of approximately $9,000 to renovate and furnish this building, the gap will be filled for students to be able to safely study after school hours, helping aid their access to scarce reference materials for exam preparation. Doors will be open as early as March 2014. The community library will provide a solution for both in-school youth and out-of-school community members suffering due to a lack of health related educational materials. Chakunimu volunteers will not only be assisting in librarian responsibilities, but peer health education as well, based out of the community library learning center.
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